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These confetti cookies are a festive treat for any occasion. The colors are leftover from a future post and decorated using a stencil and color mist. 

Confetti Cookies
Square Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Black with AmeriColor Navy Blue and AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Hot Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Color Mist (Pearl, Silver, Pink)
Confetti Stencil

Outline and flood cookies with #2 tip in various icing colors.
Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie. 

Spray with color mist. 

Gently lift stencil.
 Tip: Gently rinse stencil under water every 4-5 cookies to avoid spray beneath stencil (evident in this photo).

Let dry 30 minutes.





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HEART COOKIES/ Why Only Romance

Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday and a special day for many. My husband and I prefer to keep it low-key with a nice dinner at home and a spray of carnations. As a romantic holiday, I wish it was not exclusive leaving so many out. Honestly speaking, when I was single for many years Feb 14 was a day I dreaded. For those without a significant other it can be a lonely day. It was not easy to see co-workers receive deliveries of pretty red roses with plans for a romantic dinner after work, while my desk sat empty and my evening to be spent eating a Stouffer’s microwave dinner and watching Jeopardy. Besides the single crowd there’s the husband or wife, young or old, now widowed when this day once special is another painful day on the calendar. I think the romance of Valentine’s Day is a nice thing and my intention is not to be a spoil-sport, but wouldn’t it be nice if it was simply a day to extend love, goodness and peace to everyone. You remember, like we did as little kids when everyone in the classroom got a Valentine from every classmate. I think we had it right back then so no one was left out. Having said all that, I wish each and every one of you a Happy Valentine’s Day filled with kindness, friendship and joy from those you love.

Instead of the traditional colors of red and pink associated with this holiday, these cookies were decorated in yellow for friendship, and blue denoting peace and harmony. We could all use a little bit of both. 

Heart Cookies
Heart Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for detail tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for detail tinted Bright Green with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and AmeriColor Sky Blue
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tip #16, #24
Meringue Powder
CK Yellow Sanding Sugar
CK Soft Blue Sanding Sugar

Outline and flood half of cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing.

Outline and flood other half of cookie with #2 tip in yellow icing. Let dry 45 minutes.

Pipe flowers in bright blue with #16 star tip. Pipe flowers in bright green with #24 star tip.
Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and 1 tsp water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to half of cookie.
Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 45 minutes.

Decorate some cookies in light blue.


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APPLE CRISP/ Love is All Around

My first memory of Mary Tyler Moore was as a little girl when she played Laura Petrie, the pretty, vivacious wife of Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Then, beginning in 1970 during my high school years, she starred in The Mary Tyler Moore Show which lasted seven seasons. Her character, Mary Richards, a single, thirty-something moves to the city to pursue a career as a television producer and assistant to the station manager. In the opening promo of the show accompanied by the show’s famous theme song (Love is All Around), she bounced around the streets of Minneapolis swinging her purse, flipping her beret in the air, and she appeared to have it all … smarts, beauty, career and confidence. Her character was a true role model; an intelligent woman who challenged her boss, stood up for herself, portrayed confidence and demanded respect. I learned a lot from Mary and I wanted to be her … a career girl and to live in her studio apartment in the beautiful Victorian mansion in Minneapolis. Can any of you baby boomers relate?

Mary Tyler Moore went on to more serious acting roles, continued producing television shows at MTM, her production company and became an advocate for diabetes. A female icon of the 60’s, 70’s and 80's, she will be missed but her inspiration will not be forgotten. 

By the way, the Victorian Mansion is currently for saleaw shucks … wrong time zone and not in my budget!

(Sources:; ShowBiz411)
Apple Crisp is a nice dessert at Thanksgiving, summertime … anytime of the year! 

Apple Crisp
6-8 Green Apples
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tsp Flour

1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
¼ Cup Flour
2 Tbsp Butter (melted)

Peel, core and slice apples. Place in large bowl. Add Lemon Juice. Mix with apples to avoid browning.
Add Sugar, Cinnamon and Flour. Mix well to coat the apples. Pour into large pie place.

For topping, mix Sugar, Cinnamon and Flour together.
Add melted butter and toss with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
Bake at 350 for 60-75 minutes until brown and bubbly.
Serve immediately and top with scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream. Makes 7-8 Servings.



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